Welcome to the marvelous city of Rio de Janeiro!

You will find below some helpful information for your trip to Rio. If you need more tips and suggestions, we encourage you to also check the Visit Rio website.

  • Getting to Rio

    Airline companies in Rio de Janeiro airports:

    Aerolíneas Argentinas

    Air France

    American Airlines



    British Airways


    Copa Airlines

    Delta Airlines




    ITA Airways





    Royal Air Maroc


    United Airlines



    Air travel time from:

    Major European capitals – from 10 to 12 hours

    North America – from 9 to 14 hours

    Central America – about 7 hours

    South America – from 3 to 8 hours

    Africa – about 10 hours

    Asia – about 25 hours

    Oceania – about 18 hours


    Rio de Janeiro International Airport – RioGaleão / Antonio Carlos Jobim (GIG)

    Rio’s main airport is the Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport, better known as Galeão and is located on Ilha do Governador, in the northern part of the city. Galeão receives all international flights and national flights from all over the country. The approximate distance from Galeão to Barra da Tijuca, where Windsor Convention & Expo Center, the Congress venue, is located is approximately 35KM.


    Domestic Airport – Santos Dumont (SDU)

    Located in the heart of Rio’s Downtown area, the airport is only 10 minutes away from the South Zone, and approximately 40 minutes from Barra da Tijuca.


    Bus Station – Rodoviária Novo Rio

    Located in the port region, close to the main highways and with direct access to Santos Dumont Airport and downtown Rio via the VLT, the terminal is used by more than 38,000 passengers every day. This figure rises to 70,000 on the eve of long holidays.


    Approximate distance South Zone Downtown area Congress Venue (Windsor Convention & Expo Center)


  • Useful information

    Climate: Most of Brazil lies on the South of the Equator. As a result, there is very little seasonal variation. The climate is comfortably temperate in most of the country, and refreshing sea breezes often blow along the coast almost all year round. With the temperatures usually ranging from 18 to 30 degrees Celsius, casual spring and summer clothes are appropriate for almost every region and occasion. In Rio, Summer runs from December through March with temperatures ranging from 25º C (77º F) to 42º C while winter runs from June to August when temperatures can drop to around 20º C (68ºF) in the day and cool 16º C (60ºF) at night.

    Language: Portuguese is the national language, although the Brazilian people give different accents and semantics to the Portuguese language spoken in Portugal. English and Spanish are the foreign languages spoken in most areas, especially in hotels, shops, restaurants and other tourist places.

    Time Zone: Country and in the main cities, the time is three hours earlier than Greenwich (London) Meridian Time.

    Money: The Brazilian currency is the Real (R$ / BRL); Coins issued by the government are either bronze for 5, 10 and 25 centavos, silver for 50 centavos and a nickel and bronze coin for R$1. R$2, R$5, R$10, R$20, R$50, R$100 and R$200 are the denominations of the bills.
    The value of the real against the US dollar varies according to the daily rate. Banks and exchange bureaux charge a commission on exchange transactions, which the visitor should check beforehand.

    Banks: Banks are open weekdays from 10 am to 4 pm; they are closed on weekends and public holidays. Before departure from home, visitors are encouraged to check the acceptability of their credit and/or cash cards with their local bank. Automated teller machines (ATMs) can be found almost everywhere; some machines provide 24-hour cash withdrawal (BRL) facilities for major credit cards.

    Encashing money with Credit or Bank Card: Banks such as Banco do Brasil, Bradesco, Itau or Santander generally accept international credit cards and debit cards to obtain cash in Brazilian Real (BRL). In the entrance area of the banks, there are usually several ATMs. Please note which ATM is marked with the corresponding credit card logos.

    Safety and Security: As in any city in the world of the size of Rio de Janeiro, the key to an uneventful stay is to protect yourself from pickpockets and carry as little cash and as few valuables as possible.

    It is important to take some basic precautions when visiting the city, such as:

    • Avoid walking alone at night or in isolated or unfamiliar areas.
    • Do not display valuables or attract attention with expensive clothes or accessories.
    • Avoid going out with a large amount of money. Credit Cards are accepted in all restaurants or shops.
    • Keep your documents and money in a safe place and only take what you need. Keep your passport in the hotel safe and carry a copy with you.
    • Do not leave your belongings unattended.


    Business Hours: Most offices and stores are open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Stores are also open on Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm while most of the large shopping centres open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm and Sunday from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

    Car Rentals: The main car rental companies have branches in Rio de Janeiro. Reservations should be made at the point of origin. Should the visitor require a rented car for a day or two during his stay, the Concierge of the hotel will be able to make the necessary arrangements.

    Medical Services: Most hotels have immediate access to on-call 24-hour medical assistance. There are also many government and private hospitals with 24-hour emergency and out-patient departments. All hotels have lists of recommended medical services.

    Postal Services: The Brazilian postal services (CORREIOS) meet all international standards, and there are many post offices around the city. They are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

    Shopping: Credit Cards are accepted at most shops, although it is always a good idea to confirm this before buying. Occasionally a small discount is offered on cash sales. Personal checks drawn on overseas banks are not accepted.

    Tipping: Restaurants and hotel tips are 10% – 15% over your bill. Most restaurants include 12% on their bills, it is up to you to leave an extra tip.

    Voltage: Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo have 110 or 120 Volt 60 cycles alternate current (AC). Salvador and Manaus have 127 Volts. Recife, Brasilia and a number of other cities have 220-Volt Service. Most Hotels, however, provide both services and/or adapters for guests.

    Brazil’s Power Outlets are as follows:

    Water: Rio de Janeiro’s water supply conforms to international standards; due to the pronounced taste of chlorine in the water it is advisable to drink bottled mineral water.

    Hotel Safes: Hotels offer safety deposit boxes in their rooms, it is recommended that jewelry, documents and money are kept in them. Keep only what is necessary for your daily use with you.

  • Taxi from the international airport

    Yellow taxi (the regular city taxi): The amount is charged according to the taximeter. Taxi drivers will probably not be able to speak English. In case you decide to use this service, we recommend using the official Yellow taxi company at the airport.

    Special Taxi: Special Taxi vouchers can be purchased at the arrival hall outside customs. Payment with a credit card is accepted and hostesses are bilingual. In some companies, the driver can also charge directly to the passenger. We advise “TranscopassTaxi” (WhatsApp + 55 21 98112 8140 | Phone: +55 21 2209-1555), which is registered with the Tourism Board.

  • Transit Apps

    Uber: The international airport has an exclusive area marked with colours (orange, purple, green) for boarding. Exit through the domestic arrivals area. Follow the signs. At Santos Dumont Domestic Airport, boarding and disembarking works according to the location marked by the app. When you request the Uber, it will appear in embarkation areas, choose the one closest to where you are.

    Exclusive UBER area are marked with colours (orange, purple, green) for boarding at GIG airport:

    UBER is the preferred Transit App to be used in Rio de Janeiro with affordable prices and experienced drivers. For additional information such as ride options, estimated prices, how to pick up and more, please access: The cost varies according to the weather and traffic conditions, but it may range from BRL 80 to BRL 120 from GIG airport to the Congress Venue. In Brazil, we recommend using UBER BLACK as cars are more comfortable and drivers are more experienced.

    99: At the international airport, boarding takes place on level 2 (boarding), gates B or C.  At Santos Dumont Domestic Airport, boarding and disembarking works according to the location marked by the app.

    InDriver: At the international airport, boarding takes place on level 2 (boarding), gates B or C.  At Santos Dumont Domestic Airport, boarding and disembarking works according to the location marked by the app.

    TAXI.RIO: At both airports, boarding can take place anywhere in the airport according to the app.


    Boarding at the bus station

    Uber, 99, InDriver: No specific meeting point area available.

    TAXI.RIO: Boarding at the departure gates according to the location marked by the app.

  • Getting around

    Urban mobility connecting all city regions:

    Buses, Light Rail Vehicle (VLT Carioca): in the City Center and in the Port Region.

    Taxi, Subway: connecting the North, Center, South and West zones.

    Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) connecting the Port Region, North and West Zones.

    Public transportation: We suggest the use of Moovit app to check the bus and public transport lines in Rio de Janeiro. The Moovit app is quite complete with several mobility options. You can either consult online or download the app:

    To use public transport, use the “RioCard – Bilhete Único Carioca” (Transportation Card), the only transport card in Rio that works on ALL modes of transport: subway, buses, BRT, VLT, train and ferries. In the case of the VLT, it is for individual use and the only form of access. The RioCard is sold in specific machines that you can find at certain entrances to some (few) subway stations, BRT, VLT, airport and bus stations. Subway station Siqueira Campos in Copacabana sells the RioCard.

    Subway: Hours of operation: Monday to Saturday from 5am to midnight. Sundays and public holidays from 7am to 11pm. Some stations have more than one access. Visit  for more details (language option in English).

    Tickets are bought at the counter or ticket issuing machines. Metro Rio costs BRL 7.50 per single ride and tickets can be bought at the counter or ticket issuing machines.

    Rio de Janeiro’s subway is safe, efficient and easy to use. It works very well and it is the best way to visit Ipanema, Leblon, Copacabana or the downtown area. The Subway is a great boon to adventurous visitors; Catete, Glória, Cinelândia, Carioca and Uruguaiana stations are those closest to the city’s principal historical and cultural attractions.

    The closest subway station from Windsor Convention & Expo Center is Station Jardim Oceânico, located 1.5km from the venue. A 20-minute walk or 4-minute Uber ride.

    Google maps: The closest Subway station from Windsor

    Bike Itau App   – Commuting to different places can be one of the challenges of everyday life. That’s why renting a bike is an excellent solution. With this option, you have more freedom to get around.

    Download the Itaú bike app, follow the steps, scan the QR code to unlock the bike and start your ride into the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro! Pay with your credit or debit card. For more information such as prices, opening hours and a map of the stations, download the app.

    The marvellous city has more than 300 Bike Itau stations spread out at strategic points, so you don’t have to walk more than a few minutes. To find out which station is closest to you, with the Itaú bike app in hand, simply check the nearby stations.

    The closest bike station to the Congress Venue is in front of Windsor Barra Hotel, just 3 minutes from Windsor Convention & Expo Center.


  • Public transportation from the International Airport (GIG) to the Windsor Convention & Expo Center

    OPTION 1 (minimum approximate time 1 hour 30 minutes)   +++

     walk for 8 minutes (approximately 550m) to the arrivals hall at terminal 2, embark on #2918 Jardim Oceanico (every hour) and travel to Terminal Alvorada platform C, embark on  #805 or #309 or #805SP or #552 – INT2 e travel until Hotel Windsor Barra  walk approximately 3 minutes (230m) to Windsor Convention & Expo Center.

    OPTION 2 (minimum approximate time 2 hours) +++

     walk for 8 minutes (approximately 550m) to the arrivals hall at terminal 2, embark on BRT ESP01 (Every 20 minutes) and travel until Terminal Gentileza – embark on  #302 and travel until Windsor Barra Hotel walk approximately 3 minutes (230m) to Windsor Convention & Expo Center.

  • Public transportation from Domestic Airport (SDU) To Windsor Convention & Expo Center

    Minimum travel time 1 hour ++++++

    walk for 2 minutes (approximately 150m) to VLT (Light Rail Vehicle) Station, take the VLT L3 Central (Via Marechal Floriano) or L1 Terminal Gentileza and travel to Cinelãncia station. Disembark and walk for approximately 3 minutes (150m) to the subway entrance and access station Cinelandia. Take   L1 or L4 direction Jardim Oceânico. Travel to Jardim Oceânico Station, disembark access A, walk for approximately 3 minutes (220m) wait for  #309 or #805 or #302 or #552 – INT 2 and travel do Windsor Barra  walk approximately 3 minutes (230m) to Windsor Convention & Expo Center.

  • Barra da Tijuca area

    Barra da Tijuca is a neighbourhood located in the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro and currently has more than 300,000 inhabitants. It is an extensive, new neighbourhood with an exuberant sea. The area has huge condominiums, large shopping malls, good restaurants, parks, lots of green space and the beautiful Tijuca lagoon.

    With the sinuous mountains and lush greenery of Rio de Janeiro in the background, Barra da Tijuca’s history begins with an urbanization project in the late 1960’s, carried out by architect Lúcio Costa, the famous Brazilian architect who designed Brasilia.  The plan for Barra in 1969 was similar to the earlier one for Brasília. It was inspired by American urban planning style with wide boulevards and large open spaces.

    The beach is the biggest in Rio de Janeiro, with 14.4 km of length. The greenish and clear waters extend along the Lucio Costa Avenue until Recreio dos Bandeirantes. Ideal for practicing various types of sports, and along its length there are several kiosks and a cycle path that connects from the west zone, through the south zone and into the city centre.

    For those who want to eat out or enjoy a bar, the Olegário Maciel Street area is an excellent choice in Barra – democratic, the street is home to bars and restaurants that appeal to different styles.

  • Things to do and see in Barra da Tijuca

    Olegário Maciel Street: Olegário Maciel is the most democratic street in the neighbourhood. With its corners full of bars for all tastes, Olegário is the highlight for those who want to have a drink and experience the Carioca night. Carioca is what the people from Rio de Janeiro are called. The beginning of the street is about 1km from the Jardim Oceânico metro station and stretches all the way to the Barra waterfront.

    From Windsor Convention and Expo Center to Olegario Maciel:

    Pontal Museum: Located in Barra da Tijuca, the Pontal Museum is considered the largest and most significant folk art museum in the country. Its collection – the result of 45 years of research and travels throughout the country by French designer Jacques Van de Beuque – consists of around 9,000 pieces by 300 Brazilian artists, produced century.

    With 14,000 square meters, including 10,000 square meters of green space, a picnic area and an open view of part of the mountain range known as the Sleeping Giant, which runs from Pedra da Gávea to Sugar Loaf.

    According to members of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), associated with UNESCO, “The Museu do Pontal is not only a complete museum of Brazilian Popular Art, it can be considered a true anthropological museum, the only one in the country to allow a comprehensive view of the life and culture of Brazilian man”.

    The Pontal Museum is open from Thursday to Sunday, from 10am to 6pm. Book your tickets for the exhibitions and workshops in advance, by visiting the website:


    Address: Av. Célia Ribeiro da Silva Mendes, S/N – Barra da Tijuca

    Sitio Burle Marx: Located in Barra de Guaratiba, a neighbourhood of the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro, the property where Burle Marx lived and produced his work for the last twenty years of his life was – and continues to be – a great laboratory for experimentation: over 3,500 species of tropical and subtropical plants, organized into nurseries and gardens, coexist in harmony with native vegetation in an area of 405,000 square meters which includes several buildings, lakes, gardens, art collections and a vast library.

    The Sítio Roberto Burle Marx became a special unit in 1985, linked to the National Institute of Historical and Artistic Heritage (Iphan), which fulfils the role of preserving, studying, and disseminating the life and work of Roberto Burle Marx.

    Visits – only scheduled. Individual or group visits are exclusively by previously scheduled.

    Book here, or call (21) 2410-1412 on weekdays between 8:00 and 16:00.

    The visit, which lasts around 1 and a half hours, is on foot, covering 1,800 metres, and rises 45 metres from the starting point. The walk covers the gardens, house and workspaces originally used by Roberto Burle Marx, as well as the Sítio’s other buildings.

    Two groups of up to 35 people are formed per period, limiting to 140 the number of daily visitors to the site, to promote sustainable use of the heritage with the lowest possible impact on the ecosystem.

    Mobility and Languages: The Sítio Roberto Burle Marx has an electric vehicle available for people with reduced mobility and monitors who can conduct guided tours in English, as well as an audio guide app, which is installed on tablets available to the public, in English, Spanish, sign language and audio description. Should any of these resources be required, they should be requested upon booking.

    City of Arts: Designed by French architect Christian de Portzamparc, the City of Arts is an architectural icon, erected ten meters off the ground, in the heart of Barra da Tijuca.

    It houses one of the most important and complete spaces for cultural representations. Here, music, theatre, dance, plastic arts and other artistic manifestations from Brazil and around the world are welcomed with excellence, in a space that fosters art with relevant social and educational developments.

    Address: Av. das Américas, 5300 – Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22793-080

    Museu Seleção Brasileira – CBF – Rio de Janeiro: A completely interactive and technological experience about the Brazilian national team! Photos, cups and legendary Jerseys. A journey through the history of the world and the history of Brazilian soccer and its achievements such as the 5 World Cup championships.

    Opening hours: open every day except December 25 and January 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the last entry allowed at 5:30 p.m.


    • full price – R$ 22
    • Half price (students and senior citizens) – R$ 11
    • Private school groups (pre-booked) – R$ 5
    • Public school groups (pre-booked): R$ 3
    • Free: children under 6, people with special needs and two accompanying persons, public school teachers, NGOs and pre-booked social projects, and the press

    Services: wheelchair and luggage storage

    Address: Avenida Luis Carlos Prestes, 130, Rio de Janeiro

    Quebra-Mar (Breakwater): Located on the left-hand side of Barra beach, right next to the hill and Joatinga canal.  Ideal for a simple walk on a sunny day, looking out over the Joatinga canal, Barra beach and Pedra da Gávea, it’s worth it. For those who like cycling, a bike ride along the beachfront, ending with a stop at the breakwater? There’s an Itaú bike station nearby. If you like watching the scenery or just relaxing and listening to the sound of the sea, you’re sure to love sitting on the wooden benches that have been built at the ends of the breakwater.

    Adrress: Av. do Pepê, Posto 1

    Olympic Golf Course: The Olympic Golf Course was built for the competition that took place in Rio in 2016, and has more than 7000 yards and 18 holes. The place is an environmental recovery project that replanted the natural vegetation of the region. After the Games, the facility opened to the public with unrestricted access.

    Before visiting the place, visit the official website and/or social media of the tourist attraction to check opening times and green fees.

  • Malls in Barra da Tijuca

    Barra Shopping & New York City Center: Founded in 1981, Barra Shopping has become the largest retail and services center in the country, integrating with New York City Center and Centro Empresarial BarraShopping.

    Voted Cariocas’ favorite mall for the 14th time in a row, Barra Shopping has a special relationship with Rio de Janeiro. There are more than 700 stores in an area covering 1.2 km, offering a complete mix of services, shopping, leisure, restaurants and amenities. Barra Shopping also includes two high-standard Medical Centers, with more than 50 specialized clinics. The entire infrastructure of the complex works in harmony with contemporary architecture – exploring wide corridors, natural lighting and landscaping, making its gardens and internal areas pleasant and inviting.

    Opening hours:
    Mon-Sat from 10am to 10pm
    Sundays from 3pm to 9pm

    Address: Avenida das Américas, 4.666 Barra da Tijuca

    Village Mall: For more than 10 years, Village Mall has had a unique concept, exclusive stores and restaurants. Opened in December 2012, it is focused on the luxury market, with a mix of international brands and big names in national retail.

    Every year, the mall produces several events in the gardens and on the deck, with a variety of themes such as music, gastronomy, fashion and behaviour, as well as digital activations.

    The architectural project features natural lighting with low-e glass, a green roof, escalators with speed reduction sensors and water reuse.

    Sustainability actions: Multiplan (shopping owner) inaugurated the first set of photovoltaic plants at Village Mall, in Minas Gerais, with the capacity to completely power the shopping center. The solar park, built by EDP, aims to generate 100% of the development’s energy, resulting in estimated savings of more than 40%, around R$ 5.5 million per year. In addition to worrying about the electricity bill, the project seeks to promote conscious consumption, avoiding the emission of 227,655 tons of CO2 over 25 years.

    The solar complex, with 25,440 modules, covers 240,000 square meters and incorporates tracking technology to optimize the absorption of solar radiation. The mall already adopts sustainable practices, such as efficient escalators and rainwater reuse. The commitment to environmental preservation is reinforced by the construction of the solar complex, highlighting Multiplan’s search for sustainable and innovative alternatives.

    Opening hours:
    Mon-Sat from 10am to 10pm
    Sundays from 3pm to 9pm

    Address: Avenida das Américas, 3.900 – Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro – RJ

    Shopping Downtown: Shopping in the open air has become a charm for cariocas, thanks to the democratic and modern profile of Downtown, which revives the structure of the city itself. Open air, leisure for children, tree-lined sidewalks, a lake and squares – which have become stages for major events – make up the place that has been located for more than 20 years on Avenida das Américas, right at the beginning of Barra da Tijuca.

    In addition to the variety in the food sector, there are more than 700 commercial rooms, 4 bank branches, 12 cinemas – with state-of-the-art image and sound technology.

    Sustainability: Downtown adheres to clean energy and reduces 20% of expenses with the new practice. The use of natural resources such as sun, rain and wind ensure the consumption of renewable energy and preserves more than two thousand trees.

    Among the actions that made the condominium’s new classification in the electricity sector possible are the purchase of energy directly from the generator, the exemption from tariff flags during the year and the discount for the commitment to clean energy.

    Opening hours:
    Mon-Sat from 10am to 10pm
    Sundays from 3pm to 9pm

    Address: Avenida das Américas, 500 – Barra da Tijuca Rio de Janeiro

    Via Parque Shopping: Opened in October 1993, Via Parque Shopping is always looking to offer more comfort, services and shopping options for the whole family. Over the years, Via Parque has become a mall dedicated to families with children and, for this reason, it seeks to enhance this relationship by bringing children’s events and exclusive attractions to the mall.

    Sustainability: Via Parque Shopping cares for the environment and is committed to sustainability, having launched the Recycle Project in 2013, complying with legislation and technical standards on solid waste management, both at federal, state and municipal level. It is a pioneer in the implementation of organized recycling in accordance with the law and with proactivity in new products, and relies on waste and recycling consultancy by ASAS.

    Opening hours:
    Mon-Sat from 10am to 10pm
    Sundays from 3pm to 9pm

    Address: Av. Ayrton Senna, 3000 – Barra da Tijuca

    Rio Design Barra: Rio Design Barra brings together the best of fashion, culture and gastronomy in a spacious and cozy environment. A place with a selected mix that includes stores from important national and international retail brands.

    The mall was one of the first in Rio to become pet-friendly, as well as the pet-car loan, and a concierge with bilingual attendants. Leisure is provided by the three Cinépolis VIP cinemas, which opened in June 2019, and have spacious and comfortable accommodations, making the experience even more exclusive.

    Combined with impeccable service, Rio Design Barra stands out among the neighbourhood’s shopping malls as an affordable luxury environment.

    Opening hours:
    Mon-Sat from 10am to 10pm
    Sundays from 3pm to 9pm

    Address: Av. das Américas 7777, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, RJ

    Casa Shopping: CasaShopping – an open-air mall with 70,000 sqm space – is the largest and most complete decoration development in Latin America and features the most important brands in the segment, including international highlights.

    As well as decoration, it has a wide range of dining options, entertainment, gyms, services and corporate spaces. All this with ample and secure parking.

    Opened in 1984, it is a must-see for architects, decorators and clients.

    Opening hours:
    Mon-Sat from 10am to 10pm
    Sundays from 3pm to 9pm

    Address: Av. Ayrton Senna, 2150 – Barra da Tijuca

  • Restaurants in Barra da Tijuca

    Steak house – BBQ

    Mocellin Steakhouse
    Av. Armando Lombardi, 1010 Barra da Tijuca

    Pobre Juan
    Shopping VillageMall – Terraço – Barra Da Tijuca

    Corrientes 348
    Rio Design Barra – Av. das Américas, 7777 Barra da Tijuca

    Fogo de Chão BBQ Restaurant
    Barra Shopping – Av. das Américas, 4.666 Barra da Tijuca,

    Barra Grill
    Av. Min Ivan Lins 314 Barra da Tijuca

    Praça São Perpétuo (Praça do Ó), 116 Barra da Tijuca


    Mocellin Mar
    Av. do Pepê, 32 Barra da Tijuca

    OCYÁ | Ilha
    Ilha Primeira – Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro – RJ,
    OR Leblon district: R. Aristides Espinola, 88 – Leblon

    Giuseppe Mar
    Village Mall – Av das Americas 3900 – Piso L2

    Siri da Barra
    Praça Euvaldo Lodi, 65 Barra da Tijuca

    Japanese food

    Gurumê Rio Design
    Rio Design Barra Av. das Américas, 7777 – 3rd floor

    Village Mall – Av das Americas 3900 – Piso L2

    Hachiko Barra
    Erico Veríssimo 970 loja A – 21 Barra da Tijuca

    Shopping Espaço Itanhangá – Estrada da Barra da Tijuca, 1636 – Itanhangá
    Casa Shopping – Av. Ayrton Senna, 2150 – Barra da Tijuca

    Italian food

    Av. Lúcio Costa, 2916 Barra da Tijuca

    Gabiano Ristorante
    Barra Garden Shopping – Av. das Américas, 3255 – Barra da Tijuca

    Ettore Cucina Italiana
    Condado de Cascais Avenida Armando Lombardi 800 Lojas C, D e E – Barra da Tijuca

    Av. Lúcio Costa, 6250 Barra da Tijuca

    D’Amici Barra
    R. Aléssio Venturi, s/n – Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro

    Margutta Barra
    Av. das Américas, 3301 – Barra da Tijuca

    Nolita Oven & Bar
    Village Mall – Av das Americas 3900 – Piso L2

    Vegan food

    ORG Bistrô
    Av. Olegário Maciel, 175 Loja G Barra da Tijuca  – horário restrito

    Kiosk at the beach

    Classico Beach Clube
    Branch at Postinho: Av. Do Pepê, s/nº  K09, Posto 02
    Branch at Downwind: Av. Lúcio Costa, 5200 Barra da Tijuca
    Branch at Recreio: Av. Lúcio Costa, 16340 Recreio
    Branch in Grumari: Av. Estado da Guanabara, 289 Praia de Grumari

    Barraca do Pepê
    Av. do Pepê, s/n – Quiosque 11

    Gavea Beach Club
    Av. Lúcio Costa, 22

  • Things to do and see in Rio

    Below is a list of suggested places to visit and things to do.

    For information on tours and other relevant sites in Rio de Janeiro and outside the city, contact Blumar, the official travel agency of the 2024 WHC. They have a variety of tours in Rio de Janeiro to offer to WHC Delegates. With over 30 years of experience in the Marvelous City, they will be pleased to help you and put together a tailor-made programme for you.

    Blumar Turismo

    WhatsApp : + 55 21 99114 4780


    Sugar Loaf: One of the most famous postcards of Rio de Janeiro, Sugar Loaf, is constituted by 2 different hills (Morro in Portuguese): the Morro da Urca (Urca’s Hill)  and Morro Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf Hill), which are connected by a cable car, the “Bondinho”. They provide visitors with breath-taking experiences, at a height of up to 396 meters above sea level.

    In the heart of the Atlantic Forest and on top of Rio de Janeiro, Sugar Loaf pleases everyone, and it goes beyond the dazzling landscape. Here, you can find stores, bars and restaurants, in addition to activities and events that marked 110 years of history.

    You’ll travel all the way to the top in two steps by cable car. The first cable car takes you to Urca Hill, a vantage point 215 meters high which already grants beautiful views of Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niterói Bridge and Corcovado Mountain.

    From this stage, a second cable car takes us up to the second Hill, called “Pão de Açúcar” (Sugar Loaf). At 395 meters you’ll enjoy splendid views of Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress and several beaches of Niterói. You will for sure be amazed by the awesome views.

    Sugar Loaf facilities offer accessibility to wheelchair users and to people with reduced mobility: elevators, inclined planes and access ramps. It is appropriate for all ages.

    Opening hours:
    Monday to Thursday, 9:00am to 8:00pm. Last boarding at 6:30pm;
    Friday to Sunday, 8:00am to 9:00pm. Last boarding at 7:30pm.


    Corcovado Mountain & Christ the Redeemer Statue: It is impossible to imagine a trip to Rio de Janeiro without a visit to Christ the Redeemer. Located atop Corcovado Mountain, the monument is the best-known Brazilian image in the world. Every year, more than 800 thousand people are taken to Christ the Redeemer by the centennial Corcovado Railway, the oldest tourist attraction in the country.

    Besides being dazzled by the most beautiful landscapes of the Marvelous City through the windows of the train, the passenger takes a ride through Brazil’s history. Inaugurated in 1884 by Emperor Pedro II, the Corcovado Train has taken popes, kings, princes, presidents, artists, and scientists on its cars.

    It is also an ecological ride. The train crosses the largest urban forest in the world: Tijuca National Park, a piece of the Atlantic forest, considered an example of nature preservation.

    And those who travel on the Corcovado Railroad help maintain the forest: the train is electric and, therefore, does not pollute; in addition, part of the proceeds from ticket sales goes to the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBIo) for forest conservation.

    Opening hours:
    Monday to Friday (except holidays), from 8am to 5pm, with departures every twenty minutes.
    From Saturday, Sunday, holidays and holiday’s amendments, from 8am to 6pm, with departures every twenty minutes.
    * Schedules are subject to change without prior notice due to technical and/or weather problems.

    Adult Low Season: R$ 97,50
    Adult High Season: R$ 122,50
    Children (from 5 to 11 years old): R$ 67,00
    Seniors – Above 60 years (only Brazilians): R$ 33,50
    Person with disability Low Season: R$ 85,00
    Person with disability High Season: R$ 97,50
    Students Low Season: R$ 85,00
    Students High Season: R$ 97,50
    Young People Low Season: R$ 85,00
    Young People High Season: R$ 97,50
    Children up to 4 years old do not pay, provided they are in the lap of their companion.
    Persons with disability, Students, Young People and Seniors it is necessary to prove their age by a document.

    * Includes round-trip transportation and access to the Christ the Redeemer monument.
    * All Saturdays, Sundays and holidays are considered high.

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    Botanical Garden: The Rio Botanical Garden covers an area of 137 hectares, where 54 hectares are cultivated, and the other 83 hectares are still of native vegetation. The cultivated area is divided into 24 rows, 40 sections and 40 garden beds, totalling almost 6,000 species.

    The history of the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro begins with the arrival of the Portuguese Royal Family to the country in 1808. Shortly after arriving, Prince João VI founded the Botanical Garden ordering the construction of an acclimatization garden for growing species brought from the East Indies.

    The Garden also houses monuments of historical, artistic and archaeological significance. The Botanical Garden has an important research institute, which develops a wide range of botanical studies in Brazil.

    Visiting hours: Monday and Tuesday and Thursday to Sunday, from 8am to 5pm. Closed on Wednesdays.

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    Museum of Tomorrow : A new icon of the modernization of Rio de Janeiro’s harbour, the Museum of Tomorrow was born in the Praça Mauá as a science museum meant to explore, imagine, and conceive all the possibilities for constructing the future.

    The Museum of Tomorrow is a different kind of science Museum. A space conceived through the values of sustainability and conviviality that explores the ever-changing times we’re witnessing and the possible paths we may take during the next 50 years.

    An experimental museum, where the content is presented through a narrative that combines the accuracy of science with the expressiveness of art, using technology as a support in interactive environments and audio-visual and gaming facilities created from scientific studies conducted by experts and data released all over the world.

    Designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the building – whose organic shapes were inspired by the bromeliads of the Botanic Garden of the city – occupies an area of 15 thousand square meters, surrounded by reflecting pools, gardens, a bike lane, and a leisure area, all adding up to 34.6 thousand square meters of the Píer Mauá.

    Address: Praça Mauá, 1 – Centro. Rio de Janeiro, RJ

    Avoid going by car; the museum doesn’t have a parking lot.
    The nearest subway station is Uruguaiana.
    The closest tram station is Parada dos Museus.

    Opening hours:
    Tuesday to Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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    Full price: R$ 30;
    ​Half price: R$ 15;
    Half price tickets: Young people from 6 to 21 years old; School and university students; Disabled people; Residents or natives of Rio de Janeiro city; Payment with Santander card (only for the cardholder).


    Rio’s Art Museum (MAR): Inaugurated on 1 March 2013, the Rio’s Art Museum (MAR) promotes a transversal reading of the city’s history, its social fabric, its symbolic life, conflicts, contradictions, challenges and social expectations. Its exhibitions unite historical and contemporary dimensions of art through national and international exhibitions of long and short duration. The museum also rises with a mission to insert art in public education, through its Escola do Olhar.

    MAR is located in Praça Mauá, in two buildings with both heterogeneous and interconnected profiles: the Dom João VI Mansion, listed and eclectic, which houses the exhibition rooms, and the neighbouring building, in a modernist style – originally a bus station – where the Escola do Olhar is situated.

    With its own collection – in the process of being built through acquisitions and donations that correspond to its agenda – MAR also counts on the loaning of works from some of the best public and private collections in Brazil.

    Address: Praça Mauá, Centro, Rio de Janeiro-RJ

    Opening hours:
    11am to 5pm | Tuesday to Sunday

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    Ticket Price
    Adult: R$20.00
    Payment in cash or card (Visa or Mastercard) accepted.


    MAM Rio – Museum of Modern Art: The Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro is a reference institution for art and culture in the country. Founded in 1948, it has one of the most important collections of modern and contemporary art in Latin America, with more than 16,000 works. Its work is based on the art-education-culture tripod.

    Throughout its history, MAM Rio has held exhibitions that to this day mark the expressions and languages of the arts and culture and has hosted movements that have transformed the country. Its Cinematheque, with audio-visuals in all formats and a screening room, is an important hub for film documentation and enjoyment.

    The definitive headquarters of the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro was designed by architect Affonso Eduardo Reidy (1909-1965) and became an icon of modernism. The building was constructed on a plot of land next to Guanabara Bay, donated by the city to the MAM before the creation of Flamengo Park, which adjoins the museum.

    MAM Rio is a cultural institution set up as a non-profit civil society of public interest, supported by individuals and companies.

    Opening hours (Exhibitions):
    Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays: 10am – 6pm
    Sundays: 10am – 11am – (Exclusive visiting hours for people with intellectual disabilities, autistic people or those with some kind of hypersensitivity to visual or sound stimuli.) 11am – 6pm  – Open to the general public.
    Holidays (except Sundays): 10am – 6pm

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    Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil – CCBB: October 12, 1989 marks the beginning of Banco do Brasil’s investment in culture through the creation of the Cultural Center, a symbol of the revitalization of Rio de Janeiro’s historic city center and the appreciation of art and culture in the country. CCBB was born in the historic No. 66 of Primeiro de Março Street, in the centre of Rio de Janeiro, a building with neoclassical lines that, in the past, was linked to finance, business and the very history of Banco do Brasil.

    With more than 30 years of history and celebrating more than 58 million visitors throughout the years, CCBB offers Rio audiences a plural, regular, accessible and quality program. It has presented more than 2,450 projects in the areas of visual arts, cinema, theatre, dance, music and thought during its history, which has earned the title of Rio de Janeiro’s most beloved cultural centre. Since 2011, it has included Brazil in the annual ranking of the British newspaper The Art Newspaper, projecting Rio among the cities with the most visited art exhibitions in the world.

    As a promoter of Brazilian art and culture, CCBB continues with the commitment to building audiences, encouraging the public to honour the new and the local scene, as well as promoting names in Brazilian and world art.

    About the building: Its foundation stone was laid in 1880, materializing the project of Francisco Joaquim Béthencourt da Silva (1831-1912), architect of the Imperial House, founder of the Society for the Propagation of Fine Art Santa Teresa District and Chácara do Céu Museum.

    Opening hours: Wednesday to Monday, 9am to 8pm. Closed on Tuesdays

    Address: Rua Primeiro de Março, 66 – Centro – Rio de Janeiro


    Lapa Arches and Santa Teresa district: Located in the Largo da Lapa Square, the centre of Rio’s turn-of-the- century nightlife, the Lapa Arches hold their place in history as the most monumental work undertaken in colonial Rio. This magnificent structure contains 42 arches in two tiers. Originally built as an aqueduct to supply the city with water, today they carry another outstanding attraction: the scenic tramlines linking the Carioca Station downtown to the picturesque Santa Teresa district, a vibrant artistic community, with a great range of bars, restaurants, museums, cultural centers and artist’s studios.


    Municipal Theater: One of the most imposing and beautiful buildings in Rio de Janeiro, the Municipal Theater, inaugurated on July 14, 1909, is considered Brazil’s main concert hall and one of the most important in South America. Its history is intertwined with that of the country’s culture. Over the course of its little more than a century of existence, the Theater has hosted the greatest international artists, as well as the leading Brazilian names in dance, music and opera.

    Address: Praça Floriano, S/N – Centro, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 20031-050


    AquaRio: The Rio de Janeiro Marine Aquarium, or AquaRio, is a 100% private, modern and multifunctional public visitation facility for education, research, conservation, leisure, entertainment and culture. Thus, it created the opportunity for the City of Rio de Janeiro – which has a natural vocation for tourism linked to the sea – to offer visitors to a unique space with attractions and innovative technologies little seen in Brazil.

    With 26 thousand m² of built area and 4.5 million litres of water, AquaRio is the largest marine aquarium in South America by litres of water, with more than 10 thousand animals, from 350 different species on display. Several new attractions, grand enclosures and tanks and all the necessary infrastructure to provide educational and pleasurable entertainment to the public.

    One of the biggest attractions at AquaRio is the main tank – affectionately known as “Tancão™.” It is the Oceanic Enclosure. With 3.5 million litres of water, a seven-meter ceiling height, and a tunnel passing through its interior, the combination of the impressive body of water and the large number of animals provides an incredible and unique experience!

    After all, it’s a playful environment that is perfect for enchantment, learning, demystification, respect, and awakening the need to preserve the marine ecosystem.

    Opening Hours
    Weekdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., last entry at 4 p.m.
    Weekends and public holidays: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., last entry at 5 p.m.

    Address: Praça Muhammad Ali, Gambôa, 20220360 – Rio de Janeiro – RJ – Brasil


    Roda Gigante YupStar Rio (Ferris Wheel): The largest Ferris wheel in Latin America, YupStar Rio is an observation wheel located on the Orla Conde, next to AquaRio, and has become famous for its sunset views. A landmark in Rio’s landscape, the Ferris wheel is 88 meters high, has 54 cabins and can transport up to 432 people every 20 minutes, the average duration of a complete ride.

    Opening hours: daily from 10am to 6pm

    Address: Avenida Rodrigues Alves, nº 455 Santo Cristo


    Maracanã Stadium: Maracanã, where the most important Brazilian football derbies take place, has also been the setting of historical moments of international football. Monumental events, such as Pelé’s thousandth goal in 1969, also took place on the pitches of the Brazilian football temple. Inaugurated on June 16, 1950, the stadium hosted World Cup games that year and a few matches of the 2014 World Cup, including the grand finale. It also hosted the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, opening and closing ceremonies of the 2007 Pan- American Games, and more recently the 2016 Olympic Games and 2019 America’s Cup. In addition to sporting competitions, Maracanã has already hosted important events such as concerts of Madonna, Rolling Stones twice, Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, Foo Fighters, Coldplay and outdoor masses with Pope John Paul II in 1980 and 1997.

    Open daily from 9am to 4pm. Only on match days can these hours be changed. Information on the times available on match days will be available on the site’s home tab and the shopping tab.

    Address: Av Presidente Castelo Branco, s/n. Portao 2, Radial Oeste – Maracanã


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